Design Sundays returns to the Museum of Vancouver this November with the series Housing for a Connected City. Part I, JUXTAPOSE, was held on the afternoon of Sunday November 9, 2014.
Laboratory of Housing Alternatives board member Alicia Medina introduced the overarching topics of the series, namely housing affordability, loneliness, and social engagement and connectedness – and posed the question to the audience for group discussion: How engaged do I feel in my current living situation?
Paul Kershaw (founder of Generation Squeeze) and architect Marianne Amodio presented on the work they're currently involved with. Kershaw revealed startling statistics that suggest current Federal and Provincial level subsidization policies exclude young Canadians from financial support in areas, such as raising children, that might otherwise indirectly alleviate the pressures of Vancouver housing costs. Amodio detailed recent high density, multi-adult housing projects she's developed that maximize footprints for communal amenities, while keeping private space functional and minimizing underused spaces (foyers, formal dining rooms, etc.) – all without undervaluing the beauty of form. The pair then led an insightful and engaging Q&A session that saw input from a multigenerational audience composed of the likes of students, designers, business owners and even candidates in the current municipal elections. Participation was wide and incredibly considerate of the issues at hand, and had us thinking about investing in what might not normally be considered capital to offset inhospitable economic climates, breaking away from traditional conceptions of home ownership and life achievement; and to closely evaluate the design and context of public space to potentially counteract loneliness and social disengagement.
Design Sundays: Housing for a Connected City continues...
November 16: Part II, REFRAME: Reframing Housing in Vancouver with THNK School of Creative Leadership. Tickets
November 23: Part III, RALLY: Rally for Connection with #bemyamigo Tickets
November 30: Part IV, CONNECT: Design Nerd Jam with the Vancouver Design Nerds Tickets
A key part of the Museum of Vancouver's mission is to strengthen Vancouverites’ personal connections and civic engagement. We believe that connection is critical for resilient communities, sustainability, and health. We are pleased to be partnering this month with Laboratory of Housing Alternatives, Generation Squeeze, marianne amodio architecture studio, THNK School of Creative Leadership, #bemyamigo, and the Vancouver Design Nerds to present the latest iteration of our annual four-part Design Sundays series: Housing for a Connected City.
More event photos can be seen here.